Andy Roddick pleased with his US Open Series form

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Andy Roddick says he is “feeling great” in the build-up to the US Open despite an early Wimbledon exit affecting his schedule.

The 27-year-old crashed out to the unseeded Lu Yen-hsun in the last 16 at SW19 and admits he was forced to make adjustments to his schedule as a result.

“Last year I needed to rest after Wimbledon,” said Roddick. “This year it’s a little bit different. With the way my schedule was set up, I was planning to do better at Wimbledon. When that happens, you make adjustments.”

“It was a matter of going out early at Wimbledon then finding the happy balance between training and going into Atlanta a little short on preparation.”

Roddick is competing in the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington this week after reaching the semi-finals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships, where he was beaten by eventual champion Mardy Fish.

“I played Atlanta because I wanted to play well here in Washington,” he continued. “I’m glad I went there and took my lumps. It’s a constant give-and-take.

“I’m hitting the ball a lot differently than I was eight or nine days ago.

“It’s certainly one of the best times of the year for me. I always get excited about it. I’ve played well. But I don’t feel like I’ve gotten my feet into the summer yet.

“The next three events [Washington, Toronto and Cincinnati] are what you circle as your US Open preparation. But overall I feel great. I’ve always felt comfortable on hard courts.”

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